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Broke my S4's screen/digitizer, what should I do?

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Default Broke my S4's screen/digitizer, what should I do?

Yesterday my Spigen case broke, the little plastic part that surrounds the rest of the case/phone. Of course later that day I dropped my phone and it must have hit right where it was partly exposed, breaking the screen and digitizer.

The phone still boots up and works fine, I just can't get the screen to turn on. I'm actually not sure what exactly is broken, if the screen AND digitizer are busted or just the screen so that it doesn't turn on.

I guess I need to get a screen+digitizer from ebay and try my luck and replacing. I was going to go out today and pay full price for an S5 or LG G3, but now that I'm reading so much about all these new 805 Snapdragon based phones possibly coming, I think I'd rather just wait.

My options are use my old Droid X2, fix the S4 and wait, or just buy a new phone and fix the S4 whenever I feel like it.

On that subject, how do I go about getting my X2 back on as my primary phone with Verizon? I guess I can try to get in a chat with them.
 
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If you have lost display as well, then the digitizer is shot. So you've got to replace the whole unit instead of just the glass. Costly thing, that. I've got an S2 with that issue that isn't with fixing, as it'll still cost around AUD$200 to get a new one. Ideally, I'd get a phone that died from other issues and use it's screen, but that's effort.

I'd probably recommend holding off and getting a new handset. Although the repair may still be worth doing if the parts are cheaper where you are.
 
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AMOLED panel is broken, you can only buy the whole part already assembled (glass+digitizer+panel+bezel+home key/touch keys' leds). Here in Italy (on eBay) costs about 120€ original, and is very very simple to change, you can also look on iFixit guide
 
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you can change it, there are many digitizers to buy on ebay/aliexpress etc
 
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I just can't get the screen to turn on.

As I previously said, AMOLED screen is broken. I'm a technician and I see this kind of things everyday

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Thanks, I've decided to just buy an S5 or G3, no way I'm spending $180 for a screen/digitizer when I can just buy a new phone for less than $100.
 
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Thanks, I've decided to just buy an S5 or G3, no way I'm spending $180 for a screen/digitizer when I can just buy a new phone for less than $100.
You mean a clone of S5 or G3?
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You mean a clone of S5 or G3?
Eh? No, the phone with an upgrade.

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